REST interface An interface is provided for Web Gateway that allows you to administer an appliance without being logged on to the standard user interface. This alternative interface is known as the REST (Representational State Transfer) interface. Using the REST interface, you can perform various kinds of activities on a particular appliance or on others that are connected to it. Actions — Turn off an appliance, restart it, flush the cache, create a configuration backup, and perform several other activities File handling — Access system, log, and troubleshooting files to perform activities such as downloading, modifying, or deleting Policy configuration — Configure settings for engines and rule actions, manage rule sets and lists by performing activities such as enabling, adding, deleting, exporting, or importing Updates — Perform manual engine updates and trigger automatic yum and engine updates Running a suitable script is the usual way to perform these activities. Prepare use of the REST interface To let users work with the REST interface, you need to enable it on the standard user interface of an appliance and permit access to it. Working with the REST interface When working with the REST interface that is provided for a Web Gateway appliance, you send requests to this interface to have particular activities completed.